Radiological/Nuclear
Training & Exercise

At Qal-Tek, our training department works with, and develops, training platforms for our clients that offer long term viability instilling institutional knowledge through our curriculums. Our trainings are designed to validate the responder’s knowledge and understanding while building confidence in responding to a radiological event.

Training & Exercise Plans

ADVANCE YOUR TEAM CAPABILITIES & READINESS

Operational readiness is the result of repetition and focus. Qal-Tek’s team delivers the best in the industry for both. All of our classroom curriculum and exercises are available individually or part of a customized training package. We first provide you with Operational Readiness Assessments free of charge, and offer both standard and specialized curriculums for training, as well as the same for specific exercise/scenario programs.

OPERATIONAL READINESS ASSESMENT

Our team of experts and operators will provide a free  evaluation of your current curriculum and exercise training strategies. Our team will measure mission essential capabilities and operational readiness to create a training plan built for your mission.

STANDARD & SPECIALIZED CURRICULUMS

Using Qal-Tek’s expert knowledge in instrumentation, science, operations, tactics and techniques, our curriculums are designed to provide relevant operational knowledge to advance your teams capabilities.

STANDARD &
SPECIALIZED EXERCISES

Qal-Tek’s Training team uses 3 levels of practical exercises to assist you in evaluating operations and techniques, and incorporating new knowledge into operational advancements by elevating the amount of radiological sources, environments, and days.

LONG TERM SUSTAINMENT

Qal-Tek partners with you for a culmination of the curriculum and exercise into a repeatable standard and frequency to maintain your teams newly developed operational capacity and build continual improvement.

OUR CURRICULUM

Qal-Tek’s Training Program Curriculums are designed in phases to accommodate all levels of understanding, from the least experienced to the most experienced radiological responders on your team.

Awareness Level Training

BASIC RADIOLOGICAL RESPONSE AWARENESS

In this course students will learn the fundamentals of radiation and radiological response, as well as an introduction to radiological response instrumentation.

Operation Level Training

EQUIPMENT SELECTIONAND VALIDATION

Students will walk through the process for understanding the different types of radiological equipment, why they have the different types of equipment, when to use the various types of instrumentation, and then use their equipment in a live validation exercise.

RADIOLOGICAL RESPONSE INSTRUMENTATION, MEASUREMENT & CALCULATION

Students will walk through the different types of instrumentation, understand the different types of measurements that are recorded, and calculations that will be made to determine source strength, activity, location of material, and if contamination is present.

RADIOLOGICAL RESPONSE OPERATIONS

Giving students the knowledge and understanding to manage staff in a radiological emergency. Students will gain understanding of radiological response by capturing a deep understanding of radiation theory, equipment theory and selection, exposure control, planning for a radiological event, and executing a response. Validated via live exercises.

Technician/Specialist Level Training

RADIATION SAFETY OFFICER (RSO)

Through lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, and extensive reference materials, this course will give you the technical information and practical experience necessary to ensure that you are well prepared to serve as an RSO and will meet the requirements of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agreement States, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

ADVANCED RADIOLOGICAL CONTAMINATION (ARC)

The Advanced Radiological Contamination (ARC) training program is designed for First Responders, DOD, DHS and other specialized teams with a mission to conduct radiological and nuclear incident response operations.

ARC is a fully scalable training program that can be adapted or modified to meet the specific requirements of a particular organization.

RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS SPECIALIST (5 DAY)

This IAFF Pro Board- Certified Training was developed to meet NFPA 472 CH18 competencies for the HazMat Tech. This course can be conducted at one of
Qal-Tek’s designated training facilities or Qal-Tek approved customer training site. Min. of 10/ Max. of 20 students.

Includes 3 day IAFF Pro Board-Certified Training and 2 days of Radiation Exercise Scenario Training.

RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS SPECIALIST (3 DAY)

This IAFF Pro Board- Certified Training was developed to meet NFPA 472 CH18 competencies for the HazMat Tech. This course can be conducted at one of
Qal-Tek’s designated training facilities or Qal-Tek approved customer training site. Minimum of 10/maximum of 20 students.

Includes 3 day IAFF Pro Board-Certified Training.


Radiation Event

SCENARIO TRAININGS

Qal-Tek has a very robust NRC license which allows us to create and deliver live radiation event exercises that will put students in various environments to test their equipment, knowledge and skills in managing such an event. The following is a list of some of the Radiation Event Scenarios that Qal-Tek has designed and delivered. There are multiple scenarios that can be combined or adjusted to meet the war-fighter/responders training needs.

LEVEL 1 Scenarios

Level 1 scenarios, similar to the examples below, offer our clients a variety of situational exercises with any number of mission objectives. We can offer minimal optional modifications to location and scenario scenes if the request is received within 5 business days of the training date. Modification to sources is  not permitted.

Limits: includes 1- Training Day (up to 12hrs), no live role players in the vicinity, participants are required to document and record their own doses. Dose rates can range from uR/hr levels to hundreds of mR/hr.. Range of different isotopes and large qty of sources: Cs-137, Co-60, Ir-192, Se-75, Ba-133, Co-57, Am-241/Be, Cf-252, Sr-90, Medical Isotopes.

CLANDESTINE LAB Scenario

RDD Preparations site. Scenario scene involves a housing or office site that is used for the collection of sources used in the development of an RDD. This scenario would include sources on a worktable with a larger source still contained in a lead shielding. Scenario triggers would include empty gauge carcasses, fake transportation paperwork, etc.

Objectives:  key objective to identify the signs of a clandestine lab environment, dose rate evaluation, isotopic identification

TRAFFIC/DOT Scenario

Highway transport scenarios for traffic monitoring and threat searching. Scenario scene involves city street or highway with multiple vehicles. Can be performed in a random search scenario or roadblock screening of traffic. Involves multiple vehicles with varying types of devices with an RDD masked by commercial gauge dose.

Objectives:  determination of vehicle and traffic radiological screening, threat evaluation, proper detector utilization, non-threat recognition and resolution.

MEDICAL LAB Scenario

Medical Lab Scenario involving a breeched or unsecured medical lab containing various forms and applications of radiological materials. Scenario scene involves a medical nuclear medicine lab complete with visual stimulus relevant to radiological treatments. Various forms of materials provide a wide array of safety and handling evaluations and isotopic identification.

Objectives:  familiarity with instrument response to various isotopes, familiarity with licensed medical devices and medical storage practices

INDUSTRIAL FIRE SCENARIO

Scenario scene involves an industrial fire scene with damaged radiation devices mounted with stuck shutters and devices on ground damaged.

Objectives:  recognition and determination of threats, use of ALARA concepts, problem resolution.

LEVEL 2 Scenarios

Level 2  scenarios include higher complexity scenarios requiring multiple controllers, higher source control requirements, and larger dose ranges for more representative and realistic scenarios. Optional modifications to location and scenario scene can be made if the request is received within 5 business days of the training date. Modification to sources isnot  permitted. 

Limits includes 2- Training Days (12 hour days), no live role players in the vicinity, participants are required to document and record their own doses. Dose rates can range from uR/hr levels to R/hr levels. Range of different isotopes and large qty of sources: Cs-137, Co-60, Ir-192, Se-75, Ba-133, Co-57, Am-241/Be, Cf-252, Sr-90, Medical Isotopes.

MEDICAL TRANSPORT Scenario

Medical transport scenario. Scene involves a medical transport which has overturned spilling medical devices and sources. The scenario can involve injuries requiring retrieval. Dose fields are complex. This scenario does not include the retrieval of the sources.

Objectives: survey capabilities, instrumentation utilization, dose time management.

POST-DETONATION Scenario

Scenario scene involves an RDD, post-detonation scenario with widespread radiation of varying dose. Scene includes injured dummies from the blast. This scenario consist of a wide area or a confined office building scene.

Objectives: site surveying and characterization, isotopic identification ALARA application using available resources, instrumentation use and limitation understanding.

WIDE AREA SEARCH Scenario

Scenario involves stolen material from a licensed facility. Site sceneis flexible but will show radioactive sources stolen and in transit. Perfect scenario for testing and familiarity, with wide area search instrumentation.

Objectives:  proper performance of wide area search procedures, instrumentation familiarity and performance limitations.

INDUSTRIAL Scenario

Scenario Scene involves an industrial gauge incident scene with a high-level source.

Objectives:  threat evaluation, scene familiarization, high range/low range instrumentation familiarization, extensive ALARA Applications.

CLANDESTINE LAB Level 2 Scenario

Scenario scene involves a clandestine lab in preparation stages for the development of an IND or RDD. This level two scenario will be similar to the level one LIMA scenario but with larger dose fields and range of isotopes to provide a more realistic representation of the scene and associated response complications.

Objectives:  threat evaluation, ALARA, Isotopic identification, scene investigation.

LEVEL 3 Scenarios

Objectives: Defined by Customer and Curriculum content.

Level 3 Scenarios are specifically designed scenarios requiring multiple controllers, higher source control requirements, and larger dose ranges for more representative and realistic scenarios. These scenarios can include such options as live role players, handling and manipulation of the source materials, specific selection of scenario and design, high dose rates. Individually developed and priced based on scenario design and content.

Objectives:  Defined by Customer and curriculum content.